Celtic youngster Barry Coffey has opened up on beating Chelsea last week after Scott Robertson’s goal downed the young Blues.
Chelsea’s much-lauded youngsters couldn’t manage to break down the Hoops in London in their challenge match last week. Robertson’s fine solo effort gave the Celtic development squad a superb 1-0 win. It also came just days after the Guardian had been singing the praises of the Chelsea academy.
Coffey was involved for the full duration of the game, and played a part in helping the young Bhoys create plenty of opportunities in London.
The Irishman has been reflecting on the contest in this week’s Celtic View too (Volume 55, Issue 26, Page 37). Here’s what he had to say on the impressive victory:
It was a tough game against tough opposition. They have some quality players there. It was a game that the team, and me personally, were looking forward to playing. It was an unreal game from the Bhoys and even better for us to get the win.
“It’s more than a friendly once you’re traveling. It’s two massive clubs with huge histories, so it’s definitely more than a friendly when you start playing.
“I played for Chelsea at under-16 level. It was funny, to be fair, seeing some familiar faces down there and a couple of the boys I used to play with there as well. It was a great feeling to go down there and get the win with Celtic, though!”
Chelsea result was an eye-opener
If ever there was a result which opened our eyes to the quality we have coming through, it was that one. Like Coffey says, when players get out on to the pitch, nobody is thinking of the game as a friendly.
That should be emphasised even more at youth level. Every time these youngsters, whether at Celtic or Chelsea, get a chance to shine, they should be itching to take it. You’ll surely do well to find a player who wasn’t giving much effort last week.
Celtic posted the highlights of the game too on their official YouTube channel. In the video, it’s clear that Celtic also had their chances to win the game by more. It wasn’t inconceivable for us to take Chelsea youngsters to the cleaners. But even so, it was a marvelous result for them in any case.
As for Coffey, he seems to be ticking along quite nicely after signing his new contract earlier this month. At 18, he’s at an age where an introduction to senior football could be ideal. With Lee O’Connor departing for Partick Thistle, a similar move could prove beneficial for Coffey’s development.
But it wouldn’t be a disaster if he wasn’t moved on temporarily this month. Even though senior football should always trump anything at youth level, he’s clearly thriving in the development squad at the moment.
Chances for the midfielder will surely be limited this season. However, with Robertson bagging his Celtic debut in Cluj last month, there’s a case to say that Coffey could be in line for one before the end of the campaign. That carrot could be enough to tempt anyone to stay.